Wandering Eye: Nawrozki's investigative legacy, Ed Schrader on Bowie, and bank hackers

 Baltimore journalist Joe Nawrozki’s recent death has prompted a notable tribute by fellow scribe and regular CP contributor Rafael Alvarez in the Baltimore Brew, recalling how Nawrozki’s coverage of the local crime scene for the Baltimore News American in the 1980s led to confrontations with “major heroin dealers unhappy with the straight dope Joe was putting in the paper.” My favorite Nawrozki coverage was of the controversial early-1990s Baltimore City grand-jury report that alleged, but did not charge, public corruption in the prosecution of drug crimes. Some of his pieces for the Baltimore Sun on this subject are on-line here, here, here, here, and here. Later in the 1990s, in a City Paper article not on-line, I reported on how then-Baltimore City Circuit Court judge Edward Angeletti ordered the grand-jury report expunged from the court record at the request of former Baltimore City state’s attorney Stuart Simms and then-state’s attorney Patricia Jessamy, erasing it from history but for Nawrozki’s tenacious coverage. (Van Smith)

 This essay by frontman for Baltimore's Best Band and "Frasier" fanatic Ed Schrader about the recent David Bowie documentary "David Bowie Is" published by The Talkhouse seemed to slip through the cracks when it was posted last weekend. Probably because unlike big deal Talkhouse pieces, this one isn't say, a well-meaning though totally iffy riff on "authenticity" and sexism in the music industry by way of the careers of Andrew W.K. and Lana Del Rey that sounds good until you think about it for more than 20 seconds (author Meredith Graves of Perfect Pussy has a point, but contrasting the failed mainstream career of W.K. to the massive success of Del Rey just doesn't parse). Anyways, Schrader's essay on the rather puzzling documentary "David Bowie Is," which is actually a documentary about a touring exhibition of Bowie art, photos, and clothes just uses the exhibition to nerd-out about one of his idols. He provides a fresh perspective on a rock star that it's hard to see with new eyes. Plenty to praise so just go read it, but I liked this description of Bowie during the period of the 1977 album "Low" when Bowie sported what Schrader describes as "a look better suited to a financial advisor on holiday in San Juan, and a sound more like Scott Walker." Schrader goes on: "Bowie seems to utilize his influences like open-ended symbols that he imbues with a depth of his own, with restraint and reevaluation at each turn." Ed Schrader's Music Beat plays the U+Nfest tomorrow, by the way. (Brandon Soderberg) 

 Hackers stole 75,000 people’s data from J.P. Morgan, the bank revealed in a security filing yesterday, prompting this big NYT headline. Previously the breach was said to be much smaller, on the order of a million account holders, the Times informs us. Which is weird, because a whole month ago, Bloomberg had this interview with form NSA chief Keith Alexander, in which he speculated that Russia might well be behind the attack in order to send a message to the U.S. during this time of Russian resurgence in its endless battle with the U.S.A. for the title of World’s Biggest Asshole Country. “If you can steal the data—if you can reach in that far and steal it—you can do anything else you want,” he said. “You collapse one bank and our financial structure collapses.” (Edward Ericson Jr.) 

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